This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The make-or-break moments in past presidential debates examined; excerpts shown from the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates, the '76 blunder by President Gerald Ford against Jimmy Carter, the '80 debates between Carter and Ronald Reagan, in '84 Reagan-Mondale, in the '88 responses by Michael Dukakis and former Vice President Dan Quayle, the '92 debate for George Bush.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Alex Castellanos and Donna Brazile about the Romney-Obama debates. [BRAZILE - says the debate is the third chance for Romney to get a "bounce," that Obama was well prepared in 2008; comments on moments in past debates in which the presidential candidates are assessed by the viewers.] [CASTELLANOS - says Romney has to talk about the failure of Obama and his own business success; states debates are great levelers.]
(Phoenix, Arizona: Randi Kaye) The problems for American veterans who have trouble getting disability benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs examined; details given about one vet's physical, mental and financial problems and his difficulties with his claims with the V.A. [Veteran Mike RIOUX- talks about his situation and feelings.] [V.A. Tommy SOWERS- says the problems have been decades in the making with the transfer to an electronic system; agrees the backlog of claims is unacceptable.] Veterans' claims statistics cited. [Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Paul RIECKOFF- talks about the veterans' realities.] Mike's disability claim results that will need to be appealed detailed. [Wife Maggie RIOUX- cries about her husband being a different man now.]
(St. Paul: Gary Tuchman) A look at the Minnesota school case in which a teacher, Timothy Olmsted, segregated his class by race presented; scenes shown from the St. Paul school; details given about the school district's payment for Olmsted after he resigned and other sex-based offenses by Olmsted, for which he was disciplined. [Students Aulecia JONES, Melissa DOBBS, Jamia WARE, teacher Jennifer COTOOR- say white and black kids were separated in Olmsted's class.] [children's attorney Margaret O'Sullivan KANE- says the school swept it all under the rug.] [To CNN, OLMSTED - says "no comment" to all questions.]
(Studio: Susan Hendricks) The fighting in Syria between government and opposition forces; a statement from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that Syria has moved some chemical weapons to secure them; new documents on the Colorado shooting by James Holmes; the search for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa at a Detroit home; a rare white/albino whale off the coast of Australia reported; whale shown.